The Royal Highland Show 2011
Billed as the “greatest show on earth”, the Royal Highland Show returns to Ingliston this year on Thursday 23rd June until Sunday 26th June.
Scotland’s leading outdoor event featuring all that’s best in farming, food and countryside, certainly ticks all the boxes.
For the organisers, it’s a delicate balancing act. On the one hand, providing an opportunity for the 1000 or so trade exhibitors to do business; on the other, staging a number of features and attractions that appeal to the wider public.
Bringing all of this together, while simultaneously ensuring that the many thousands who attend depart with memories of a great day out, is the responsibility of Show Manager, David Dunsmuir. Thanks to the fantastic weather last year, they came in their droves. The attendance over the four days was 187,644.
As well as the livestock and competitions, there is an abundance of activities for everyone to enjoy.
The Food and Drink Hall is the place to visit to sample, taste and buy some of the finest products from Scotland and further afield and to watch leading chefs demonstrate their preparation and presentation skills in the Cookery Theatre. In other parts of the showground, all of the main multiple food retailers will be present featuring their supplier links.
Probably one of the most energetic activities around at Ingliston will be sheep shearing, although this will be in the hands of the experts. The MacRobert Theatre is the venue for taking the wool off a sheep’s back in a matter of minutes. There’s a full programme of all-action shearing with the highlight the Six Nations Championship with shearers from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland and France.
But that’s not all. In addition to the above there’s action, interest and entertainment in the Countryside Area, the Forestry Arena, the Outdoor Living Area, the Motor Zone, the Equestrian Village, the Honey Marquee, plus handcrafts and rural crafts, shopping arcades, a full music programme, the return of a daily fashion show, top class show-jumping and a host of competitions and demonstrations.
You can find the Royal Highland Show on facebook and follow their news on twitter. You can download the judging schedule now.
You can buy tickets in advance online and accompanied children under 16 go free, making the show a financially-friendly event. Opening hours for the weekend are as follows
The best way to get to the show is via the special bus the Lothian Buses put on to avoid the parking fee and traffic snarl ups. We will provide the details nearer the event date.
Suitable for disabled? The showground is wheelchair friendly. You can read the RHS accessibility information here. Disabled parking available.